A Palestinian asylum seeker was hospitalised on Tuesday with injuries sustained when he was arrested by police at a Directorate of Immigration office, Vísir reports. Pictures in Vísir’s possession confirm the man sustained injuries to his head and body as well as showing evidence that he was injected twice. A second Palestinian asylum seeker arrested at the scene has reportedly been deported from the country.
The arrest was first reported on by activist group Refugees in Iceland. The two men went to the Hafnarfjörður office after they were called in to pick up vaccination certificates and were arrested shortly after their arrival. At least one witness stated that police used excessive force in the arrest and Refugees in Iceland stated that police deleted video footage recorded by a witness on their phone.
Mannlíf interviewed Shoukri Abolebda, the asylum seeker who was taken to emergency. He showed the outlet medical records from multiple countries, including Iceland, confirming that he has epileptic seizures due to a head injury sustained in childhood. The Directorate of Immigration was aware of his medical condition when the arrest, in which he sustained further head injuries, took place.
The Police Commissioner’s Chief Legal Office Helgi Valberg Jensson would not comment on the case when contacted by Vísir neither to confirm the deportation reported yesterday not whether Shoukri would be deported today. The case will be referred to a police supervision committee, but Helgi stated there was as of yet no indication police used excessive force during the arrest. He confirmed that the police were wearing body cameras during the arrest and that the incident was also captured by the building’s surveillance cameras.